OLTL to tackle gay marriage (the emotional, ceremonial kind, not the legal kind)
- Yesterday we apparently met at least one character who will be planning to elope with his partner in the near future on the daytime drama One Life to Live. Eric Walsh, who has been agonized about for some time by his sister Marcie, made his debut Wednesday afternoon, played by Bill Dawes.
If you've been following this daytime drama for the last few months, you know they've already begun to ease viewers into this storyline with the introduction of homoaffectional Mark Soloman, played by [straight] actor Matt Cavenaugh (who was interviewed about his role in the Advocate; sorry you can only catch the article in the print version). Those who prefer the casual fling to the lifetime committment sort of thing can also see the flirtations between Mark and bartender Justin, played by Christian James Durso.
Back to the nuptials... As viewers who are familiar with this storyline know, the rift that we've already seen among Marcie and her family (Eric, 2nd hetero bro, dad) is only going to increase now that Eric has put in an on camera appearance.
This storyline will mainly be of ceremonial and sentimental value, as OLTL takes place in the fictional town of Llanview, PA, and since Pennsylvania doesn't recognize gay marriage (as if! That's like saying "since Texas or Alabama don't recognize gay marriage"), there won't be a legal component.
Still this episode is a timely one, and one that will hopefully change the minds of many Middle Americans, who will not only have a lot of say in deciding what kind of president* all Americans will have for the next four years, but will also be voting on whether or not they want to ban any prospects of marriage equality in several states, when they go to the polls on Election Day.
* One who affirms all relationships or one who creates a second class of relationships that is considered less legitimate than heteroaffectional relationships.
As a gay man, David Dreier (R-CA) has a responsibility to vote against the FMA. Make sure he does so! Call his office at (202) 225-2305 or if you'd prefer an office with PST hours, call his district office at (626) 852-2626
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